Pediatric Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program


Welcome to the Pediatric Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado. Our program is a one-year fellowship which was established in 2016. Our mission is to provide a very well-rounded pediatric colorectal surgical education in all facets of our specialty. Our global objective is to prepare the graduates of our program to step into their careers prepared to meet the challenges of the profession, regardless of their ultimate career goals.

During the course of the one-year curriculum, fellows participate in all colorectal activities: surgery, clinic, bowel management, rounds, academic meetings, grand rounds, and M & M. They also have the opportunity to take general pediatric surgery calls and interact with other pediatric surgeons at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Fellows are always welcome to engage in research activities and will have access to the largest database in the world for patients with congenital colorectal conditions.

The graduates of our program have established very successful careers around the globe. Our graduates are established pediatric surgeons in both academic medical centers and private practice. Regardless of the particular area of clinical focus, the graduates of our programs have consistently provided feedback that they were more than ready to function independently and use their acquired colorectal skills upon completion of the fellowship program.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Andrea Bischoff, MD Andrea Bischoff, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Assistant Director of the International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care
Program Director, Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship Program

The global objective of the colorectal pediatric surgery surgery fellowship program is to teach our fellows the skills necessary to treat patients with congenital colorectal conditions such as Anorectal Malformation, Cloaca, Cloacal Exstrophy, Hirschsprung, Idiopathic Constipation, and Fecal Incontinence. The schedule for the fellowship is designed to achieve this global objective, while at the same time permitting enough flexibility within the program to accommodate the desire of the resident to focus on a other areas, such as general pediatric surgery, urology, and neonatology.

The pediatric colorectal surgery fellowship will teach the fellow the indications for surgery, preoperative evaluation and management, intraoperative skills, and post-operative management. Since we are a referral center for congenital colorectal conditions, the fellow will also be exposed to the long-term management of sequela as well as bowel management.


Length of Program: 1 year, with an option for a second year

Number of Positions: 1 per year

It is our ultimate goal to prepare our fellows not only to satisfactorily pass the ABS certification examination, but to excel beyond that to a level of expertise that will allow the fellow to become a future leader in their area of specialty. To assist in this endeavor, we have many educational activities which include:

  • Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds Conference
  • Pediatric Surgery SCORE Curriculum Conference
  • Surgical Gastrointestinal Conference
  • Subspecialty Conference
  • Surgical Critical Care Conference
  • Surgery Pathology Radiology Conference
  • Journal Club Conference
  • Case Presentation Conference
  • Research Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Multidisciplinary Trauma Lecture Series
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Neonatal Grand Rounds Conference
  • Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
  • General Surgery Residency Core Curriculum Conference
  • Department of Surgery Biology Dialogues
  • Research opportunities allowing residents exposure to national meetings

Applications should be made through e-mail to the Program Coordinator by completing the appropriate forms and submitting the required supporting material. After review of this material, candidates are selected for phone interview. Our interview season runs for two weeks after the Pediatric Surgery match in May. Candidates will be contacted by e-mail regarding their application status. Pediatric Colorectal Surgery then matches with one fellow candidate each May, who will begin a one-year fellowship rotation in August of the following year.

Candidates must have successfully completed at least 3 years of general surgery in an ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency. We have no minimum USMLE Step I score requirement; however, scores above the 220 level are advantageous. We require three letters of recommendation and accept no more than four.

International candidates must have finished pediatric surgery and passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3 at the time of application.


Questions about the fellowship program can be directed to Kathleen Tuthill:

Kathleen Tuthill

Kathleen Tuthill
Director of Education
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
kathleen.tuthill@cuanschutz.edu